Joyce Russell

Correspondent

Joyce Russell is a correspondent based at the Iowa Statehouse. Joyce has been covering the Iowa Statehouse since shortly after joining the news staff at WOI Radio in 1988. Her earlier broadcasting experience included news reporting at commercial stations in Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Joyce’s reports can be heard on National Public Radio and American Public Media programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace.  She covered the last six Iowa caucus campaigns and interviewed numerous candidates for president, including some who went on to attain the highest office in the land.   

Joyce  has a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Louis University and  a master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma.   

Joyce’s favorite public radio program is Fresh Air.

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Grassley vs. Conlin

Sep 9, 2010

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and his Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin had their first joint appearance of the campaign, sparring on a range of issues on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. Conlin questions what the incumbent can do in another 6 years in the Senate that he hasn’t already done in 30.

School Tax Credit

Aug 12, 2010

A popular tax credit that benefits Iowa's private schools will soon be under scrutiny at the statehouse. A legislative committee is reviewing all tax credits which cost the state treasury as much as 500 million dollars a year. Iowa Public Radio along with Iowa Watch, an Iowa City based non-profit news service, examined what's called the school tuition organization tax credit. The tax break has critics on financial and legal grounds.

A frontline worker in the Obama administration is riding RAGBRAI this week. Dubuque native and UNI graduate Shellie Pfohl heads the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She's promoting a new fitness initiative with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Pfohl says on Friday it was hard to stay dry.

Abortion Protest

May 20, 2010

Planned Parenthood of Eastern Iowa observed its 30th anniversary in Cedar Rapids. Protesters from several states showed up. Anti-abortion activists are unhappy about a new program expanding abortion services to small rural communities.

Obama in Ottumwa

Apr 27, 2010

President Obama received an enthusiastic welcome when he brought his White House to Main Street tour to Ottumwa. More than two thousand people turned out to cheer the president’s record so far on the economy, even though unemployment persists in southeast Iowa.

Crowded Debate

Apr 26, 2010

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

Work continues at the statehouse on the final pieces of a more than five billion dollar state budget. Lawmakers now have an eye on adjournment sometime this week. Over the weekend, the Senate found time for a long debate about concealed weapons permits.

Pages Read

Mar 22, 2010

Come to the statehouse, and you’ll see dozens of uniformed teenagers serving as legislative pages. They leave their classrooms for weeks at a time to help out at the capitol. But there’s some down time involved ….and that’s time to read, either for classwork back home or for pleasure. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell took this unscientific survey of what the pages are reading this year.

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

Gun Debate

Mar 9, 2010

After a partisan and sometimes angry debate, the Iowa House passed a bill to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. The bill has the support of Iowa police and prosecutors.

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